It was pretty obvious to see that Arsenal needed to come away with the three points from their game against Fulham. Chelsea had begun to build some distance in the race for the top four, and they were threatening to extend it even further. Of course, a home game against relegation strugglers is the perfect kind of game for the Gunners, and they managed to get the job done in emphatic fashion.
Back and forth
Sessegnon had a few good chances to give the Cottagers a surprise lead, but he wasn’t quite able to convert. It was Xhaka who managed to edge them ahead with a nice finish after Iwobi put in a lovely cross, who was one of the stars of the show for the home side.
Lacazette doubled their advantage with Kamara pulling one back for Fulham – and at that point, Unai Emery decided to bring Lacazette off. It was a decision that was heavily criticised for a plethora of reasons, but thankfully, it paid off as Ramsey himself scored the third goal that gave them some breathing room.
Aubameyang’s shot deflected in to give Arsenal a fourth, which gave them a morale boosting return to winning ways. It was sorely needed, too, after they were embarrassed at the hands of Liverpool.
Arsenal will turn their attention towards their FA Cup game against Blackpool at the weekend, as Fulham host Oldham Athletic.
Arsenal: Leno (7), Kolasinac (8), Koscielny (7.5), Sokratis (7.5), Maitland-Niles (7), Guendouzi (7.5), Xhaka (8.5), Torreira (6), Iwobi (7.5), Lacazette (7.5), Aubameyang (8), Saka (6), Ramsey (7), Mustafi (6.5)
Fulham: Rico (6), Odoi (6), Marchand (6.5), Ream (6.5), Christie (6), Cairney (6), Cisse (6), Bryan (6), Sessegnon (6.5), Mitrovic (7), Schurrle (6.5), Seri (6.5), Fosu-Mensah (6), Kamara (7)
Referee: Graham Scott
Goals: Xhaka, Lacazette, Ramsey, Aubameyang :: Kamara
Yellow Cards: Fosu-Mensah
Red Cards: N/A
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